Perfectly Imperfect

analytical Essay
821 words
821 words

Perfectly Imperfect Society has a reputation of what a women should strive to be. Throughout the years ridiculous expectations has labeled a women. A woman should know how to: cook, clean, raise kids, take care of the household, be seen not heard, all while maintaining their figure and looks. Women are the heart of the household and family in most situations without her everything would fall apart. Society has corrupted the minds of many with the false images of women. In the poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy and “Marks” by Linda Pastan they share a common theme of women in their society in time. that are being upheld to certain expectations. Both poems were written within ten years of each other; showing that not much about the view on women had changed. They share a similar tone and feelings on being judged by others. Today the same feelings and stigmas are still imposed on a women life. Women in today’s society are judged on appearances, behavior, and superficial ideas that have been embedded by society. “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy is the epitome of what views from society can affect you. The title itself has a deeper meaning. A Barbie doll is known for its ideal physique, perfect hair and teeth, and an incredible wardrobe. It is a fake impression of a women’s appearance that is generally played with by little girls. It is an icon around the world and role model to many young girls. Young girls are impressionable and their self-esteem is not fully mature. “This girlchild was born as usual and presented dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy” (Piercy). This little girl is like any other girl. She is presented with dolls to play with, and other toys to pra... ... middle of paper ... ...t of a woman’s’ perspective in daily life. “Barbie Doll” shows a perspective of a little girls’ idea of what is expected from her at a young age. “Marks” shows a perspective of a woman with a family that has achieved what was expected for a girl. The women in both poems are personifications such as a plastic doll or a letter grade. They both are compared to objects that have less value than the humans beings they are. Everyday woman are faced with challenges that have been around for decades. Women still fight for equality and stigmas of double standards. Women are powerful and are responsible for the family and domestic duties. Obsession with appearance should not be such a big issue. Everyone is shaped differently and has unique special features. Women face the challenge or being a superficial lady that society has enforced into the expectations of being a woman.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes piercy's opinion on the challenges women face about being critiqued and compared to a barbie doll. the little girl cut off her imperfections to satisfy society.
  • Analyzes how the woman in linda pastan's "marks" struggles with being graded on her performance as a mother and wife.
  • Compares "barbie doll" and "marks" to show a woman's perspective in daily life. everyday women fight for equality and stigmas of double standards.
  • Compares marge piercy and linda pastan's "barbie doll" to show how society has corrupted the minds of many with false images of women.
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